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60 Second Tent and Other Stuff for Motorcycle Camping

Updated on May 6, 2017
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My husband and I have been riding vintage Harleys all over the western US for the past 35 years.

Setting up Camp is So Easy With a 60 Second Tent

My husband and I have been riding vintage Harleys for the past 30 years. We never use a chase truck, but usually travel alone and carry everything we need with us.

We travel long distances on our motorcycle, camping along the way, so we pitch the tent every night and break camp every morning.

The 60 Second Tent makes setting up camp so much quicker and easier. It's great for when you pull in late at night, or when bad weather suddenly hits. You'll be snug in bed while everyone else is still looking for their tent poles.

All photos by Sherry Hewins

We Rode and Camped All the Way to Sturgis South Dakota

That is 1200 miles from our home in Northern California.

Ready for Sturgis 2000
Ready for Sturgis 2000

Packed and Ready

Here we are with the 1947 Knucklehead, ready to go. When the bike was all packed, that was one seriously wide load. We rode through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We rode through 100┬░ heat and we weathered thunderstorms and hail in our trusty little tent. You can see it in the silver bag on the right side of the bike.

It Could Save Your Relationship (Really)!

When we are traveling with other bikes, we pull in to a campground and throw up our tent. While everyone else is still setting up, we're kicking back having a beer. Besides that, I can't tell you how many couples I've seen get in a huge argument over setting up the tent. This tent might even save your relationship.

It Is Very Durable

We could get by with a regular dome tent if we were staying a few days, but when traveling and breaking camp every day, I just wouldn't do without one of these. We got this tent about fifteen years ago. We have used the hell out of this thing, and it's still going strong.

It would be great for car camping, too. It's probably not ideal for backpacking since it is a little heavier than a regular dome tent.

The 60 Second Tent in Action

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You Can Buy it on Amazon

The 60 Second Tent is made just like a regular dome tent except the poles are already inserted and they just fold up. You unfold the tent and lock the hinges in place and you're ready for bed. It folds up slightly bigger and heavier than a regular dome tent, but the ease of setting up this pop-up tent makes it well worth the small amount of extra weight.

Setting up the 60 Second Tent

The tent being set up in the video video below is the same design as the Campmor tent I reviewed above. This one was distributed by Camel, as was the first 60 second tent I ever saw. There have been several different distributors selling this tent over the years.

As far as I know Campmor is currently the only distributor for the 60 second tent. I'm not sure why it says 10 minute tent in the title of the video, it certainly does not take 10 minutes to set up, but this does show you exactly how the tent works.

The man in the video expresses concern about breaking a pole. That, he says, would essentially ruin the tent. Perhaps he is right, but we used our first Sixty Second Tent for 20 years, and it is still fully functional. The poles are fine, and even the zippers still work. It is just a little beat up, but we still keep it for a spare.

Our Sturgis Trip in Photos

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The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhereThe old man at the Idaho borderThe Knucklehead at the Grand TetonsAt Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?It's a little rough living out of a saddle bag for two weeksWe'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew inFriends of our setting up their "regular" tent
The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhere
The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhere
The old man at the Idaho border
The old man at the Idaho border
The Knucklehead at the Grand Tetons
The Knucklehead at the Grand Tetons
At Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.
At Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.
Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?
Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?
It's a little rough living out of a saddle bag for two weeks
It's a little rough living out of a saddle bag for two weeks
We'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew in
We'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew in
Friends of our setting up their "regular" tent
Friends of our setting up their "regular" tent

Other Compact Gear for Camping

Things that will fit on a motorcycle.

The Amazing Pocket Chair

When you're camping, sometimes it's hard to find a place to sit. Your butt can get sore sitting on the rough, hard ground. With space so limited, it can be challenging to find a portable seat to carry on your motorcycle.

I saw the pocket chair on TV, and I just had to get one. It is really is amazing. It folds up very small and flat. It is perfect for throwing in the saddlebags, and I have seen it hold a 250 pound man.

It doesn't really fit in your pocket, but it fits in the saddlebags just fine.

Pocket Chair in Action

Fiberfill Sleeping Bag

A warm and compact sleeping bag is a must have item when you are sleeping outdoors. Down is really the warmest material for its size and weight, but it loses its ability to insulate if it gets wet. Synthetic fiberfill is almost as efficient as down, and it performs better if it gets wet.

Compact Camp Stove

Even if you don't plan to cook, it's nice to have a way to at least boil water for coffee in the morning. This Pocket Stove is my favorite to take when traveling on a motorcycle.

It is inexpensive, very light and compact, so it won't take up much room. It uses solid fuel tablets; they are much safer to carry in the saddlebags than liquid or gas fuel. It's very simple, so there is not much on it to break.

Enjoy the Ride

If you have not been motorcycle camping, I hope you'll try it. If you have, I hope I've given you some new ideas to make your next adventure even more enjoyable.

Have you been motorcycle camping?

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      Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      I use a Quechua tent which is very similar to these for camping and it works great. Looks like you had a great trip.

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      shewins 4 years ago

      @endamclarnon: I looked at that Quechua tent that you mentioned. It looks like it's one of those springy pop-up tents. They're not really the same, they don't have the hinged poles. They may be great, I've never used one, so I don't know.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Pretty cool. I have 3 bikes in the garage and a Harley on my list for the spring. I've never gone for more than a day trip. I should try a camping trip

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Hi! I like riding motorcycle and don't stay out for long, i get back to home timely! I really like the photos :)

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      My folks travel all around north america on their bmw. I will forward this lens in case they need a new tent!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have never been, but I enjoyed your story and pics!

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      I never have but we always loved camping and to travel by motorbike and camp it would be an experience with the wind in your face and sleeping in the fresh air

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I've never been on motor cycle camping, but it seems an exciting activity. The video clip is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      mathew31 3 years ago

      Not motorcycle camping, just car camping! I'm going camping this weekend actually.

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      shewins 3 years ago

      @mathew31: Have fun mathew31. You should be able to take all the comforts of home with you then.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      No I have never been. I have only been on a motorcycle twice, just for a short ride around the block. Looks like yall have a lot of fun times.

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      80glyde 2 years ago

      Have ┼Ľode two wheels forever all over the US theirs no other way to travel / camp (although the older i get i find motels are nice ) never thought id say that! Still won't never will trailer her ! Long story short. Years ago out of a scooter catalog bought a tent called a SST sixty second tent.best dam tent ever !!! it doesn't even take that long to set up. Then you just watch and listen to your buds fight n cus there dome. Bought years ago? Don't really know maybe 20 made very well. Its time to buy another one. Anyone considering new 2/3 man tent buy this. got one of those fold up seats toobuy em ! Sturgis 8×s Daytona 2xs new Orleans 2xs Texas & cal a lot SST Went too

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      shewins 2 years ago

      80glyde - Wow, thanks for visiting and leaving such a great comment. It sounds like you've had some adventures. I love hearing from a fellow motorcycle camper.

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